This Month's Epistle

March News

New Parish Institute: Check out what we are doing next: https://stpaultampa.org/hymn-singing-universal-catalyst-racial-healing-sunday-march-26-4-pm-free-event/

Lenten Journey: I Want to Follow Jesus
(On the Way of Nonviolence)
March 1 St. Paul – Ash Wednesday: Where’s Your Treasure (Mt 6)
March 8 Faith – Lent I: The Prayer Template for Churching (Mt 6:7-16)
March 15 St. Paul – Lent II: Wealthy Disciples (Mt 6:19-34)
March 22 Faith – Lent III: A Discipleship of Self-Examination (Mt 7:1-12)
March 29 St. Paul – Lent IV: Narrow the Way (Mt 7:13-23)
April 5 Faith – Lent V: The Solid Rock (Mt 7:24-29)
WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? Our Wednesday evening Lenten Journey explores what it means to follow Jesus on the way of nonviolence powerfully presented in what has come to be called the Sermon on the Mount.
The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew functions as the statement of practices that govern Jesus’ activities in Galilee and Jerusalem, leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. His teaching has inspired Christian and non-Christian throughout the centuries. In each age and culture, these teachings on non-violence suggest specific application, and yet they remain indefinite in many ways. They require reflection and contemplation in order to inspire action and behavior.
As a child growing up, the Sermon on the Mount was the source of the Christianity my grandparents taught me. Yet, what they taught me with the Sermon differs from how I use it today – without any sense of contradiction. Jesus points to the possibility of profound relationship in the Sermon. The depth of the love that comes from these practices is life-transforming.
I hope you’ll journey with us.
We begin with a simple supper at 6 pm and gather for evening prayer at 7 pm. We alternate each week between Faith Lutheran Church (12703 N Florida Ave) and St. Paul Lutheran church (5103 N Central Ave). Check the schedule. And read from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) every day during Lent. Let the rich words of Christ saturate your soul.
Pr Russell Meyer

December News

New Worship Time
Whether we’ve longed for him for years or just recently come to desire his appearance, Jesus enters into our lives through the door of forgiveness that restores relationships in community. He is born in our hearts, in our minds and in our wills. This Christ child overcomes whatever separates us from God and one another and creation. He heals us with love, restores our hope, and gives purpose to lives.

Beginning on Christmas Day, St. Paul will begin worship at 10:30 am regularly on Sunday mornings. The Service of Holy Communion will continue to be at 10:30 am in 2017.
The Church Council and Pastor Meyer see the new worship hour as a way to increase fellowship with visitors and families with young children after church before the dinner hour strikes. Pastor Meyer will also be offering a sermon discussion forum, beginning early in 2017.
St. Paul Lutheran Church will be 90 years old on January 15, 2017. Mark the date for a parish-wide celebration. An anniversary committee is being formed by Tina Fritz (President) and Ann Delach (Vice-President). Contact them to assist in the plans. As the Mother Church of Evangelical Lutheranism in Tampa, we have much to give thanks for. Bishop Robert Schaefer will be with us. Friends and family from throughout our history will be invited to a grand luncheon.
We’re building a Pray Ground! Thanks for supporting the concept of creating a children’s space in the sanctuary in front of the Cry Room. A children’s table and chairs will replace some of the pews as a place for children to color their Sunday Gospel Bulletin and be more comfortable in church. We think it will enhance worship for parents, children and others seating nearby.
WEEKLY EVENTS 
Sun. 11/6      10:00 am    Adult Sunday School
Refreshments for Seminole Presbyterian Church
11:00 am   ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
Refreshments in Snyder Bldg.
4:00 pm   New Parish Institute @ St Paul Lutheran Church
Tues. 11/8                          Election Day
7:00 pm   Council Meeting
Wed. 11/9         5:00 pm    Leonard/Poslusny Wedding Rehearsal
7:00 pm   Choir Rehearsal
Thurs.11/10       6:00 pm    Basic Christian Teaching/S.S. Classroom
Sat. 11/5           5:00 pm     Leonard/Poslusny Wedding
7:00 pm     Matsiko World Orphan Choir
**SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13: HEALING SERVICE** ST PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Sat.  11/5      7:00 PM      Mastiko World Orphan Choir
Sun. 11/6       4:00 PM      New Parish Institute
Sun. 11/20   11:00 AM      Throw Back Sunday
COME JOIN THE CHOIR AND SING WITH US!
We welcome singers of all ages and abilities!
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings
from 7-8:30 PM.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for The Matsiko Children’s Choir
Saturday evening, November 5 at 7 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  Reception to follow in the Snyder Building.

NEW PARISH INSTITUTE
Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer, will present on the Reformation commemoration at the New Parish Institute on November 6 at 4 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Dr. Meyer will preview his remarks prepared for the local Lutheran-Catholic clergy retreat later in November.

BASIC CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS:  Gabriel Morgan ABD will lead a  study of Luther’s Small Catechism for adults. Both new and lifelong Lutherans are invited to study Luther’s catechism and delve more deeply into the Lutheran Confessions. These confessions are the original historical documents that contain the central teaching of the Lutheran Reformation.  Please join us in the Sunday School classroom for a simple supper and good believing beginning at 6 pm Thursday, November 10.

Our 5TH Annual Throwback Sunday will be November 20th at the 11:00 AM service with your  favorite hymns (a professional Elvis performer will join our choir), prayers and sermon. Ice cream and refreshments after the service…and don’t forget to wear your own 50’s look!

 

October News
BASIC CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS:  Gabriel Morgan ABD will lead a 6 week (Thursday nights) study of Luther’s Small Catechism for adults.  Both new and lifelong Lutherans are invited to study Luther’s catechism and delve more deeply into the Lutheran Confessions. These confessions are the original historical documents that contain the central teaching of the Lutheran Reformation.  Please join us Thursday, Oct. 13th, for a simple supper and good believing beginning at 6 pm, in the Snyder Lounge at St. Paul’s.

COME JOIN THE CHOIR AND SING WITH US!
We welcome singers of all ages and abilities!
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings
from 7-8:30 PM

St. Paul YARD SALE – This Saturday!

It’s this week!  Can you believe it?  Our St. Paul Yard Sale is tomorrow, October 8!

Have you brought your donations for the sale?  If you haven’t, please bring them this Friday, October 7 when we set up all the tables and merchandise in the Snyder Building.  Set up is from 6 – 9pm. We need your help to set up and you might just find a bargain you can’t resist!  You can buy it half-price during set-up.  And, pizza will be served for workers.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up to help set up and work the sale! If you can, wear your St. Paul t-shirt to represent our church on Saturday. And, all Saturday workers are treated to a grilled hot dog or hamburger lunch from the grill. Come be a part of our team and help represent our church in the Great Seminole Heights Yard Sale.

If you can’t help with set up or the sale, could you bake something for our Bake Sale table?  Just bring it to the kitchen or drop it off at our Food Table out front.

Invite your neighbors and friends to join us for our Yard Sale and set up their own table in the parking lot.  No reservations needed and the space fee is only $5 (donated to Metropolitan Ministries).

United States Air Force Brass Band concert
We are honored to host a concert that will feature a brass quintet from the United States Air Force Brass Band!  The concert will be on Friday, October 21st at 7:00pm.  The concert is FREE and open to the public.  Invite your friends, family and neighbors to what will be an awesome evening of wonderful music!

LOOKING AHEAD: Reformation Service Celebration
ON REFORMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, St. Paul and Faith will have one service at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM.  A community meal will follow.  Please RSVP for the luncheon either by filling out the blue insert on Sunday or call St. Paul’s church office at 813-293-3113.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for The Matsiko Children’s Choir Saturday evening, November 5 at 7pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

NEW PARISH INSTITUTE
Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer, will present on the Reformation commemoration at the New Parish Institute on November 6 at 4 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Dr. Meyer will preview his remarks prepared for the local Lutheran-Catholic clergy retreat later in November.

Our 5TH Annual Throwback Sunday will be November 20th at the 11:00 AM service with your  favorite hymns (a professional Elvis performer will join our choir), prayers and sermon. Ice cream and refreshments after the service…and don’t forget to wear your own 50’s look!

Volunteer Florida Establishes Registration Page to Position Volunteers for Hurricane Matthew Support

Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those who are interested in volunteering following Hurricane Matthew.
Volunteer Florida CEO Chester W. Spellman said, “One of the most critical times to use volunteers is following disasters. Whether it is shelter staffing, food distribution, or to clean up, we will need volunteers positioned to serve immediately with local disaster relief organizations. Having volunteers prepared and ready to deploy will be a critical tool as we move forward.”
To register as a volunteer, please visit our registration page.
Volunteer Florida serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. For more information, visit: www.volunteerflorida.org.
June News

A Celebration of Renewal and Giving

We are hosting a FREE Piano Concert to benefit The Well on Sunday, June 12 at 4pm. Our own member, Miles Cameron, will share his amazing talent performing works of Schubert and Schumann. We are celebrating the restoration of our sanctuary.  We’ve been able to replace our sanctuary roof, the doors, reseal the stained glass windows and remove and replace the mortar between the bricks.

Hillsborough County Commissioner, Les Miller, will enlighten us on the grants program for historical buildings. A garden party on the courtyard will follow with light refreshments. Please bring nonperishable food items and cash donations for The Well.

Our choir sang for the VA Hospital’s church service on Sunday, June 5th. At our Sunday, June 12th 11am service we will have a Hymn Sing!  Please email the church office with your favorite hymns.

Saturday, June 4th there was a Refresher Training meeting for Assisting Ministers, Acolytes, Crucifers, Ushers, Greeters and Altar Guild members.

Sunday, June 5th there was a tree planting in memory of James “Bubba” Kist, Jr., one-year-old grandson of Tina and Curt Fritz. A dinner from Miguel’s followed.

Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm in the Lounge.

Third Saturday at The Well – June 18, beginning at 9:30am.

Sunday, June 5 there was an Orientation Forum for those interested in joining St. Paul.  New members will be received on Sunday, June 26.

Our Christian Education Team is planning three summer presentations on Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was martyred by the Nazi’s. Our New Parish Institute will begin with a presentation by Gabriel Morgan on Sunday, June 26 at 4pm. Nicholas Byle will present on Sunday, July 24. The public is invited.  A special children’s activity and light refreshments will be included.

 

PAST EVENTS

May News

Welcome to Evelyn Mennie, our new church administrative assistant!  Her office hours will be Monday through Friday, 9am – 2pm.

Please notice our new colorful plants around the brick sign and roses along the ramp entrance. They were planted on Earth Day Sunday, April 24. Big thanks go to Tina and her family friend, Justin, a landscaper.

Our sanctuary Roof Dedication is set for Sunday, June 12 at 4pm. We’ll thank everyone who helped make it happen and Commissioner Les Miller will speak about historic preservation.  Miles Cameron will present a piano concert which will be a benefit for The Well.

  • Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day.
  • Service Ministry will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 6pm in the Lounge.
  • Council will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm in the Lounge.
  • A planning meeting is scheduled to discuss Christian Education on Thursday, May 12 at 6pm.
  • Witness Ministry will meet Sunday, May 15 in the Lounge after the service.
  • Rebecca Circle is planning an end-of-the-year restaurant dinner gathering on Thursday, May 19. Watch for time and place to be announced.
  • A festive Sunday is planned for May 15, the Day of Pentecost which is the 50th day of Easter. Wear RED to help celebrate the birthday of the Church! St. Paul will be celebrating Confirmation. Congratulations to Isaac Fritz!

COMING UP:

  • Florida-Bahamas Synod Assembly – June 10 -12 at Hilton on Daytona Beach
  • God’s Work, Our Hands – Sunday, September 11
  • 90th Anniversary – January 15, 2017

April News

Christ is risen.  He is risen, indeed.  Alleluia!

Tampa Spring Conference was Saturday, April 2, 9:30am – 12 noon at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel.

The Seminole Heights Home Tour was Sunday, April 3.  St. Paul was featured in an ad in the tour guide booklet.

HOPE Nehemiah Action was held on Monday, April 4, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

A sad farewell goes to Judy Morton, our church secretary, who is leaving April 30 to work full-time from home. We give thanks to God for Judy and the dedicated work she has done for St. Paul.

We welcome Evelyn Minnie as our new administrative assistant in the church office beginning the last week of April.

Earth Day Sunday is April 24!  Come casually dressed to church that Sunday in your shorts or jeans & t-shirt. Plan to stay after the service for a potluck picnic under the tree. Bring a dish to share to go with grilled hot dogs, plus any plants you might have to donate and your favorite gardening tools. We can plant, fertilize, spread mulch, pull weeds, garden or just enjoy the pleasant spring weather and good conversation.

Worship Ministry – This church season of Easter lasts 50 days, ending on Pentecost Sunday. We sing joyful “alleluias” again! You’ll notice a change in liturgical settings, as well as some of the spoken parts of the liturgy. The communion trays will be placed on a table behind the altar which leaves the chalice as the focal point in the center. There were three baptisms in February and March.

Witness Ministry – Check out the new silver slim-twist pens in the pew racks! We hope our visitors will take one home to remind them of the time of our Sunday service. Witness Ministry will meet Sunday, April 10 after the service in the Lounge.

Service Ministry – April 16 is our volunteer Third Saturday at The Well.

Rebecca Circle – Thanks to Carmen, Winnie and Wayne for straightening out and organizing our kitchen pantry! Rebecca Circle will meet on Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm at the home of Ann Delach. Carolyn Kelley will present the program. All St. Paul women and friends are invited.

Church Council will meet Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm in the Lounge.

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Thanks, Jeanine Romano, for keeping St. Paul in the spotlight on all the social media sites.

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February News

The church season of Lent begins this month with an Ash Wednesday service on February 10 at 7:00pm. Here’s the schedule for February and March.

Journeying with Jesus

2016 Wednesday Lenten Services

  • Ash Wednesday 2/10 at St. Paul Luke 5:1-11 The Great Haul
  • Wednesday 1 2/17 at St. Paul Luke 5:12-26 Power to Heal
  • Wednesday 2 2/24 at St. Paul Luke 5:27-39 Inviting You, Too!
  • Wednesday 3 3/2 at Faith Luke 6:1-12 Free to Worship
  • Wednesday 4 3/9 St. Paul Luke 6:12-26 Prayer Enacted
  • Wednesday 5 3/16 Faith Luke 6:27-49 The Way on the Journey
  • Maundy Thursday 3/24 St. Paul
  • Good Friday 3/25 Faith

Lenten Services: Beginning Wednesday, February 17, Lenten Soup Suppers start at 6:15pm and the service begins at 7pm.

St. Paul was proud to host the Pacific Lutheran University Chorale in concert on January 25th. We were treated to an amazing evening of music. See the video clips and pictures on our Facebook page.

Our Congregational Meeting was held on Sunday, January 31 after the service. Nominees for Council were elected and the 2016 Budget was approved.

The Choir will be singing at Faith Lutheran on Transfiguration Sunday, February 7 and later in the month for the Vets at the James A. Haley VA Hospital.

Congratulations to all the new members who joined St. Paul Lutheran on Sunday, January 31!

Rebecca Circle met in January and put together Personal Care Health Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Their next meeting will be in the Lounge on Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm. Carolyn Kelley will be our hostess and Julie Williams will present the program. All St. Paul women and friends are invited.

Worship Ministry met on Monday, February 1 at 11am in the Lounge.

Church Council meets Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm for elections of officers.

Witness Ministry will meet in the Lounge after the service on Sunday, February 21.

 

January News

Our Annual Congregation Meeting will be Sunday, January 31st after the service. We’ll approve the budget, elect council members and review our ministries.

We are hosting the Pacific Lutheran University Chorale in concert on Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm. St. Paul will provide a meal for the students and faculty and provide housing for the students after the concert. If you can host, please contact Dennis Douglas.

Parish Orientation was held on Sunday, January 10th to discuss church membership.
Worship Ministry – Christmas decorations were removed on Saturday, January 9. Bible Study is held on Wednesdays this month at Faith Lutheran. A light supper will be served at 5:45pm and study is from 6:15 – 7:15pm.

Service Ministry – The Well’s third Saturday will be Saturday, January 16, beginning about 9:30am. They are continuing their Freezing Jesus collections of blankets, etc.

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Service will be on Monday, January 18 at 4pm at Allen Temple AME in Ybor City. Pastor Meyer will give the Invocation Prayer.

Rebecca Circle will meet on Thursday, January 21 at 7:30pm at the home of Ann Delach with Lynn Bowman presenting the program. All St. Paul women and friends are invited. Please bring all health kit items – bath-size towels, bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, combs and metal nail clippers.

A Magical Night!

The courtyard looked magical – lit up with lights in the arbor and bushes! Candles sparkled on the food tables which held an assortment of cookies, bars, crackers, cheese, chips and appetizers. Flags and candles were spaced along the walk-way. (Thanks, Jimmy, for suggesting we use the box of battery operated candles.) What a wonderful reception for our guests at the Air Force Brass in Blue concert on January 28! The sanctuary was full of neighbors and music lovers. Liz Wilson brought ten people from MacDill!

We were thrilled to be hosts for this unique touring group from San Antonio, Texas. Thanks, Dennis, for coordinating this special evening for our church. When Dennis mentioned the possibility of an outdoor reception after the concert, we swung into action. Hilde Reno came the day before and strung lights along the Memorial Garden arbor and the bushes. She persuaded Starbuck’s to donate 100 cups of coffee, cups, stirs, sugars and napkins. She made 4 gallons of hot spiced apple cider which quickly disappeared on the chilly evening. Hilde also worked with Thrivent Financial to receive $100 for a community action event. Pam Hansen was there as a Thrivent representative to present Hilde the check.

Julie, Winnie, Hilde, Pat and Ann brought patriotic decorations for the table. Eve and Harold set up two delicious trays of crackers, meat and cheese. Rebecca Circle women and others brought the refreshments and we impressed our guests! We heard rave reviews of the wonderful concert and reception on the courtyard. And, we were all very proud of St. Paul Lutheran!

Service was a step back in time
By LENORA LAKE | The Tampa Tribune
Published: November 25, 2015

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Worshippers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church donned hats, gloves, coats and ties for the Throwback Sunday service on Nov. 15, which included an ice cream social.

The fourth annual event was organized by Jimmy Dunn, a 1955 Hillsborough High graduate, who started the tradition by inviting Hillsborough graduates to attend.

“The idea was to create enthusiasm at our church,” he said, adding that the NFL, NBA and other sports leagues have had “throwback” games. “People enjoyed it so much we just kept having it each year.”

Oscar Gonzalez, a 1965 Hillsborough graduate, was among the attendees. He said he and Dunn had something in common; they both wore No. 22 on the Hillsborough football team.

“I was a running back,” said Gonzalez who returned to the school as a teacher and coach in 1970. “But he was the quarterback.”

Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller, a Middleton High graduate, also was among the worshippers.
Worshippers leave St. Paul’s Throwback Sunday service. Attendees were encouraged to wear hats, gloves, coats and ties like in the 1950s. “The idea was to create enthusiasm at our church,” said organizer Jimmy Dunn.Ann Delach, a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, carries a plate of cookies at the ice cream social following Throwback Sunday services on Nov. 15. Photo by LENORA LAKEThe Scott family donned dress clothes for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s Throwback Sunday on Nov. 15. From left, Amy Scott, daughter Leanora, daughter Roxie, son Lincoln (twin of Leanora) and husband Jason., LENORA LAKE